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Q2 Data leadership dashboard - Dec 2018

Dashboard - December 2018 quarter [PDF 1.28 MB]

Vision of success

Innovation: share data and release open data to drive innovation

Open datasets released on

In December 2018 quarter – 311
In December 2017 quarter – 109

Total open datasets as at 31 December 2018: 6,389

New Zealand is currently ranked seventh equal (with Japan) on the Global Open Data Barometer, ahead of the USA and Germany. The top three countries are Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. 

Data-driven decisions: capability is built to ensure data is used smarter to meet priorities

Number of approved or in progress Datalab research project applications (opportunities to put New Zealand’s data to good use):

December 2018 quarter – 20
December 2017 quarter – 16 

Valuable data: engaging to ensure data is managed like a strategic asset to maximise its value

Number of engagements supporting government and organisations to manage and use data:

December 2018 quarter: 50 (Government: 40, other organisations: 10)

Includes multiple interactions on different pieces of work.



Stats NZ collaborated with the State Services Commission and Ministry for Women on Organisational gender pay gaps: Measurement and analysis guidelines. Reviewed by more than 25 public and private sector organisations, these voluntary guidelines encourage and show organisations how to analyse gender pay gaps.

Organisational gender pay gaps: Measurement and analysis guidelines



GCDS mandate

Contributes to: Innovation, Data-driven decisions, Valuable data

Cabinet empowered the Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS) – a role held by the Chief Executive of Stats NZ – with a mandate to:

  • set mandatory standards across government for the collection, management, and use of data
  • direct agencies to adopt common data capabilities (including data tools, linking infrastructure, and sharing platforms).

The GCDS’ approach to data leadership will continue to be through collaboration and partnership across government.

New tool for those using New Zealand’s data

Contributes to: Data-driven decisions, Valuable data

Stats NZ has developed the Data and Statistical Capability Framework – a conceptual framework describing the data and analytic capabilities required by those who manage, and interact with, government-held data. The framework provides users with a common language to discuss these capabilities.

As well as informing workforce planning and enabling users to identify capability strengths and gaps for individuals and teams, it contributes to career progression by identifying development opportunities within and across government.

Data Champions workshop

Contributes to: Data-driven decisions, Valuable data

More than 45 senior leaders from across government attended our free December 2018 workshop.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) shared their experiences of partnering with Stats NZ’s Data Capability Hub to develop a data strategy, which they can use to inform their work programme.

Orbica presented a case study on ECan’s use of data visualisation for public consultation on their long-term plan.

Press release: Orbica's new project for Environment Canterbury brings rates to life

Legislative review – public consultation

Contributes to: Data-driven decisions, Valuable data

Public consultation on the review of the Statistics Act 1975 closed in November 2018, with 600 people having their say through formal submissions and a short poll. A summary of submissions will be published on the Stats NZ website when available.

High level snapshot from the short poll:

  • 96% of respondents considered it important that New Zealand has high quality official statistics that can be relied on.
  • 92% of respondents thought it important that government-held data can be safely shared and used for research and analysis to benefit New Zealanders.

Towards new data and statistics legislation: consultation 


Showcase: new look and feel for has a new look and feel, including new colours and layout. As the starting place for data conversations in New Zealand, the website is being expanded to give easy access to datasets and data-related information and resources to help people improve how they manage, use, and release data as New Zealand heads into its digital future.

Complementing, Stats NZ’s data-related work sits alongside content from the broader data and analytics community.

A collaboration with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) means the website is run by both agencies, with DIA retaining responsibility for the data catalogue. Datasets from 158 organisations are accessible as open data (data that’s freely available to be used, reused, and redistributed by anyone for any purpose).

Stats NZ is responsible for developing resources on data management and for ensuring the right protections and safeguards are in place for New Zealand’s data.

Work is underway on new content and enhancements to the data catalogue.


International connections

Total connections in December 2018 quarter: 12

  • Australia: 8
  • United Kingdom: 1
  • Republic of Korea: 1
  • United States of America: 2



September 2018 quarter

  • Stocktake of government algorithms completed
  • Data Summit’18 completed
  • Public consultation on legislation completed
  • Algorithm report released

Towards new data and statistics legislation: consultation

Algorithm assessment report

December 2018 quarter

  • Data strategy and roadmap published 
  • Refreshed launched 

Data strategy and roadmap

March 2019 quarter

  • Data stewardship toolkit – first guidance available

June 2019 quarter

  • Data and Statistics Capability Framework rolled out


Previous dashboards

Dashboard - September 2018 quarter [PDF 1.27 MB]

Dashboard - June 2018 quarter [PDF 1.42 MB]